PREREQUISITES OF DEMOCRACY


• Elections on their own do not make a country democratic

• Control over government decisions about policy constitutionally vested in elected representatives.

• Elected representatives chosen in frequent and fair elections.

• Elected representatives exercise their constitutional powers.

• All adults have the right to vote in elections.



• All adults have the right to run for public office.

• Citizens have the right to express themselves on political matters, defined broadly, without the risk of state punishment.

• Citizens have the right to seek out alternative sources of information, such as the news media, and such sources are protected by law.

• Citizens have the right to form independent associations and organizations, including independent political parties and interest groups.

• Government is autonomous and able to act independently from outside constraints (such as those imposed by alliances and blocs).

• Citizens concerns are adequately responded and heard by the government.